SWAT School

By Evan Johnson - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Inside a Moss Bluff home was a mock hostage situation.  It's a scenario SWAT team members from across Southwest Louisiana were given to test their skills.

Deputy Derek Smith of the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office says, "We've gone through a basic SWAT training and we've gone over different methods of how we operate.  We went through everything that a SWAT operator would encounter."

DeRidder Police Officer Jonathan Davis says, "The hardest part of the class was that the Lake Charles Police Department has high for their physical fitness and agility tests.  A lot of the methods were new to us, but I think it was an overall learning experience and something that should be beneficial to our teams."

The SWAT team entry school is the first sponsored by the Lake Charles Police Deparment and officers from the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office, DeRidder Police Department, and Ward 3 Marshall's Office all took part.

Officer Mitchell Sawyer with the Lake Charles Police Department says, "The benefits of doing it locally is that we get to deal with all of our own people, our own communications, and our own negotiators."

At the beginning of the drill, negotiators communicated with the suspects inside the home in an effort to reach a peaceful end.  After negotiations were unsuccessful, the entry team then took over.

When it was all over, the hostages inside the home were rescued and the suspects were taken into custody.

Trainers hope passing this test will prepare the officers for real life situations.